Developing: Terrorist Attack in Tunis Leaves at Least 17 Tourists Dead

Daniel Doherty
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Posted: Mar 18, 2015 12:00 PM
Developing: Terrorist Attack in Tunis Leaves at Least 17 Tourists Dead

The Wall Street Journal reports:

Gunmen stormed a popular museum in Tunisia’s capital on Wednesday, killing 19 people, including 17 tourists, before two of the attackers were slain by security forces, the interior ministry said.

About 200 tourists were visiting the Bardo National Museum, located near parliament in central Tunis, when the armed men charged into the building, Tunisian state radio quoted a ministry spokesman as saying. Besides the 17 tourists, one museum staff member was killed.

Many of the victims were from Europe. Meanwhile, Tunisia’s prime minister also said that several of the suspected gunmen are still on the loose:

Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid said 21 people were killed: 17 tourists, two gunmen, a Tunisian security officer and a Tunisian cleaning woman. He said the dead tourists came from Italy, Poland, Germany and Spain.

He said two or three of the attackers remained at large.

And who is responsible for such a brazen and cowardly act? At this time we don’t know, but perhaps it’s not a mystery:

Sit tight for updates.

UPDATE: Hmm.